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The Department of Comparative Medicine (DCM) is one of 12 basic science departments in the School of Medicine. The mission of the department is to advance knowledge and improve the health and welfare of humans and animals through excellent service support, biomedical research, and teaching. DCM is the central laboratory animal medicine resource at the University of Washington, supporting over 114,000 assignable square feet of animal facilities with an average daily census in excess of 100,000 animals across multiple species (e.g., rodents, rabbits, swine, and zebrafish). The department employs over 175 individuals who provide a comprehensive range of animal husbandry, veterinary, and laboratory services across numerous vivaria. The UW animal care program is accredited by AAALAC International and provides services to over 400 principal investigators. DCM faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, and residents conduct basic and clinical research on a wide range of subjects including, but not limited to, comparative aspects of infectious disease, aging, cancer biology and genetics.
DCM has an outstanding opportunity for a full time PROGRAM SUPPORT SUPERVISOR. The individual occupying this position will supervise a program coordinator and animal technicians in the management and operation of one of seven DCM-managed animal facilities. This individual will have extensive involvement with research staff, veterinary services, DCM faculty, the Office of Animal Welfare (OAW), physical plant, outside vendors, and regulatory agencies in overseeing vivarium activities and ensuring consistency with the regulatory requirements and animal welfare directive of DCM's animal care program.
Oversee the day-to-day operation of a highly complex animal facility. Be directly responsible for operation of the assigned facility to ensure efficient operation in compliance with applicable regulations and standards
Assign work schedules, approve vacation and sick leave requests, ensure adequate staffing, conduct performance evaluations, and recommend disciplinary action
Establish and supervise work priorities, ensuring that deadlines are met and all procedures and regulations are followed
Provide guidance to Facility Director in departmental personnel needs and develop plans for developing workforce to ensure an appropriate level of support and compliance
In conjunction with the Facility Management Team, develop, implement, review, and update standard operating procedures, forms, and logs for all practices and procedures involving facility operation
In consultation with the Facility Director, assign research animal and procedural space for efficient utilization of space and resources
Conduct regular inspections of the assigned facility. Implement a quality control programs for operation of the facility and animal husbandry needs.
Interview prospective animal technicians and program coordinator and make hiring recommendations
Assist in the training of new employees and participate in assessments of new and established employees
Advise, assist, and communicate with research staff regarding the animal facility procedures, policies, and activities
Actively interact with customers (including research personnel) as required to solve customer requests, inquiries, and complaints and to provide technical assistance
Incorporate cost and time efficient improvements to daily work
Participate in IACUC, USDA, and AAALAC site inspections
Maintain inventory of animal feed, caging supplies, and other consumables in a fiscally responsible manner. Ensure availability of adequate caging, equipment, and supplies necessary for daily facility operation and to facilitate the research process and programs supported by the University.
Maintain required documentation (e.g., logs and forms)
Represent the facility at meetings such as supervisors meetings and meetings with research staff
Attend meetings and participate in educational events to further professional growth and development
Perform the duties of program coordinator and animal technicians when needed
Perform related duties as required
High school graduation or equivalent AND a minimum of three years of full time experience working in an animal research environment at a senior animal technician level, OR equivalent education/experience
A working knowledge of animal husbandry standards and regulatory guidelines and requirements, standard operating procedures for species of animals used in biomedical research, and special handling techniques for radioactive or infectious materials
Experience and understanding of Animal Biosafety Level 2 work processes and principles
Ability to work collaboratively in a research environment with culturally diverse populations and with individuals of varying educational and professional backgrounds (e.g., Animal Technicians, Veterinarians, Research Technicians, Principal Investigators)
Demonstrated problem solving, leadership, and effective delegation skills
Ability to review goals, analyze processes, and develop approaches and systems required to meet those goals
Ability to work independently with minimal direct supervision; often explores new areas and seeks opportunities to apply new knowledge to work
Demonstrated professionalism, self-motivation, and attention to detail
Excellent verbal and written communication skills with superior organizational abilities and demonstrated ability to work in a team environment
Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (e.g., Word, Excel, and Outlook) and calendaring systems
Bachelor's degree in biology, animal science, or related field
Certifications by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (ALAT, LAT, LATG, CMAR, ILAM)
American Association for Laboratory Animal Science LATG certification or attainment of certification within two years of hire date
General mechanical knowledge
Conditions of Employment:
Punctuality and regular attendance are critical components of this position.
This is an essential position. The employee is expected to report to work under conditions that other employees are not required to report to work, such as inclement weather and UW suspended operations.
Initial work schedule will be 7:00am - 3:30pm, Monday through Friday; future work week schedules may change to meet the needs of the department.
Occasional work outside of regular work hours will be required.
Some travel between both on and off campus animal facilities will be required.
Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds and carry 30 pounds
Must be able to pass a Washington State Patrol background check and a Department of Justice security clearance to access select ABSL3 agents
Must have a current Washington driver's license
May be required to work with and take specific precautions, against and/or be immunized against potentially infectious agents. Specific precautions may include wearing respirators and/or protective clothing.
Employee is personally responsible for following health & safety and security policies/procedures.
Appointment of the successful candidate to this position may be made contingent upon a satisfactory outcome of a criminal conviction history check .
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